About Dustin

Dustin-Stoltz-2012-Climbing-Garden-of-the-Gods-Colorado-The-Brief-NoteI am currently a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame – and I study primarily economic sociology, but also cultural sociology, organizations, networks, morality, cognition and religion.

Previously, I attended Montana State University’s sociology program and was an AmeriCorps member for 2 years in Bozeman, Montana. I then served in the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Azerbaijan. I recently finished my Master’s in Sociology, the sequence in Community and Economic Development at Illinois State’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development . (Which, has continued to rank in the top 10 in the nation for the past few years among Peace Corps Master’s International programs.) It also has one of the most supportive faculty in the country (IMHO), and I highly recommend it to anyone considering a career in development. I rounded off my experience abroad teaching in the banking industry in Japan and traveling throughout Asia. More importantly, I fall madly in love with each new place I step.

My roots are (not without a bit of pride) firmly planted in the western Montana soil – back 5 generations on both sides. I stayed in Montana well into my twenties, steeping my prejudice in the peculiar antics of rural, mountain culture. Then, I briefly lived south of the American Windy City, followed by a much longer stint in a slow town nestled in the Greater Caucasus mountains – not far from the Caspian Windy City, but closer to the capital of the (Republic of) Georgia. I then – somehow – landed on an island in the East Asian Pacific, and got along just fine, watching the sun set over China’s south sea. Before, I could throw a rock at Canada, then at Russia, then I was a puddle jump from Taiwan. For a few short stints, I rotated around the craft-beer epicenter of the United States (Fort Collins, in case you planned to argue otherwise). And, during my time abroad, I got married in three different countries (to the same wonderful lady). Finally, I moved from Cowboy country to Hoosier country, where I will likely stay put for the foreseeable tomorrow.


Research Interests:

Below is a breakdown of my research interests (in order of reverse pyramid):

  • Relational, Figurational and Network Sociology
  • Institutional and Organization Sociology
  • Development and Economic Sociology
  • Global and Comparative Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology and Cognition
  • Religion and Morality
  • Theory



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